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Trump says ‘it was obvious’ where COVID originated

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Former President Donald Trump sounded off on the origins of the COVID-19 virus in an interview with Newsmax Tuesday. He said he suspected the virus came from the Wuhan Virology Institute’s lab all along, but “people didn’t want to say China.” This interview came on the day the Wall Street Journal published a report on three staffers from the lab who sought treatment at a hospital for symptoms similar to COVID.

“I think it was obvious to smart people that’s where it came from,” the former president said. “I have no doubt about it, I had no doubt about it.”

Yet, “I was criticized by the press because China has a lot of people taken care of,” Trump said. “They took care of Hunter, they took care of Joe, they took care of everybody didn’t they? People didn’t want to say China.”

Trump suggested that reinstating the tariffs and taxes he imposed on China during his presidency could be a great way to punish China. “We have to be stronger than what we are right now,” Trump said.

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VIDEO: Chinese military plane comes ‘dangerously’ close to U.S. aircraft over South China Sea

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The United States Army recorded and released unnerving video of a close encounter with a Chinese jet over the South China Sea. The Chinese military plane came “dangerously” close to the U.S. military aircraft in the international airspace last week, the U.S. military announced on Thursday.

The Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM), the command responsible for overseeing U.S. operations in the area, said in a statement that the encounter occurred on December 21, during which a Chinese Navy J-11 fighter jet flew within 10 feet (3 meters) of a U.S. Air Force RC-135, a reconnaissance plane with about 30 people on board.

According to a U.S. military spokesperson, the Chinese jet came within 10 feet of the airplane’s wing, but 20 feet from its nose, causing the U.S. aircraft to take evasive maneuvers to avoid a collision.

 

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